Sawyier Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society: “Engineering Happiness: Soft Science for a Hard World”

Join Loyola University Chicago’s J.D. Trout on Friday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert A. Pritzker Science Center Auditorium for the Sawyier Philosophy Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society. Trout, current professor of philosophy and psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and┬áJohn and Mae Calamos Professor of Philosophy at Illinois Tech beginning in January 2018, will give a talk titled “Engineering Happiness: Soft Science for a Hard World.”

Psychologists and economists engaged in the scientific study of happiness have asked people what makes them happy and considered the reliability of their responses. In their findings, there are not only common themes about happiness across classes and cultures, but potent scientific lessons about how policies can increase happiness and reduce harm. Drawing on these lessons, this talk will then explore the prospects of engineering citizen happiness and well-being.

Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. before the presentation. Please contact Warren Schmaus with any questions about the event.